Hello guys & girls, I've always had a love for computing, and gaming, but never really wandered into the build/overclock scene, and now I feel like it's time to venture. I'm pretty clueless here, so excuse me if I label something stupid, or suggest an upgrade that would totaly bottleneck. I'm looking for any help or pointers.
I suppose it's best to say what my current rig is boasting and go from there, so here we go.
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3, I think that's right.
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 965
RAM - 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz ( Okay, this actually meant NOTHING to me. D: )
GPU - 1024MB GeForce 9800 GT
Okay, so I think that nails my current rig.
It's a fairly solid rig, never had any issues, but it's out dated.
Your CPU is still acceptable, if you want to keep the AMD/Phenom build.
If that's the case, you'll need to change the RAM to DDR3 1600MHz, 8gb is also plenty unless you're doing some heavy workloads. May I ask what your OS is? Is it a 32-bit or a 64-bit?
Your GPU would benefit from an upgrade too.
Do you have any idea what your motherboard is?
Ah, alright let me help you get started. What's your budget?
The performance difference of the 670 and the 680 are too close that the price difference isn't worth it. Also, you only need more VRAM if you're running more than 1 monitor, so get the 2gb.
I see. The 670 should be able to handle that, albeit it would work harder than on smaller screens.
Are you open to AMD GPUs?
Also, what would this PC be used for?
Would you want everything to be from scan.co.uk or are you okay with other shops as well since some parts are cheaper than others.
I don't think £700 will make the cut, since just with the CPU, mobo, and the 670, it's already at least £580.
I'm a little curious how you got a x4 965 on a am2+ mobo with ddr2(isn't the 965 am3/am3+ only with ddr3?). Also, is it a locked down 965 or a black
edition? is it a 140w tdp or 125w? If there's any chance it's a 125w 965BE, you could overclock a few bins on the stock cooler to x4 980 speed with nary
a voltage increase(the 770 chipset allows overclocking, right?). That would help reduce or eliminate any bottleneck you might get with a better card.
What is your current power supply? the 9800gt is a relatively low tdp card. Depending on the brand, model and rating of your psu, it may not be able
to safely handle the combo of your 965 and a more power hungry gpu. Also, 4GB of ddr2 should be alright for gaming atm. 8GB is better, but not really
needed(unless you have a bunch of chat windows, media players or multi tab browser windows open in the background). More info will help us help you.